BCCI appoints Rahul Dravid as head of cricket at NCA

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Rahul Dravid

Mumbai: Former India captain and under-19 coach Rahul Dravid was appointed as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on monday, the BCCI announced.

Dravid was supposed to take over as NCA head from July 1 but his job at India Cements caused the delay. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked Dravid to relinquish his post as vice-president of India Cements or be on leave until he completes his tenure.

India Cements then sent him on leave to avoid conflict of interest.

“Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA,” the BCCI release stated.

“Dravid will also work closely with the National Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches and Cricket Coaches for India Developmental teams – including India A, India Under 19, India Under 23 teams, in the identification of key training and development objectives.

“He will also be responsible for monitoring progress against these objectives for the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches.”

The BCCI did not specify the tenure of appointment for Dravid, who will also be responsible for monitoring progress of the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the senior men’s and women’s head coaches.

The 46-year-old will also be closely working with the national women’s and men’s head coaches. He will also be directly involved with the Indian developmental teams which include India A, India Under-19, India Under-23 teams.

The former cricketer is also the head coach of India’s under-19 and India A team. He has helped in grooming young talent such as Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw among others.

Former India pacer Paras Mhambrey and Abhay Sharma remained part of the junior team support staff.

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